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Re: [PATCH] Fix PR52977

On Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 10:23, Richard Guenther <> wrote:
> On Mon, 16 Apr 2012, Steven Bosscher wrote:
>> On Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 3:19 PM, Richard Guenther <> wrote:
>> >
>> > This fixes PR52977 - for PCH to work with its pointer relocation code
>> > we have to avoid dereferencing pointers to compute array lengths
>> > in structures. ÂSo we have to unfortunately keep duplicated info about
>> > VECTOR_CST vector lengths.
>> Maybe add a FIXME for when pph hits trunk?
> I'm not sure PPH will replace PCH - will it?

In theory, it may.  But it's not in the immediate plans.

The big thing that PCH has going for it is load speed.  PCH is almost
instantaneous, PPH isn't.  A 1Gb PCH file can be restored in <1s, the
corresponding PPH file needs ~8s to restore.  The implementation can
still be tuned for performance, but it will never be as fast as a
couple of mmap operations.

PPH is a much smaller representation (that 1Gb PCH file can be
represented in <400Mb in PPH) and more flexible (almost any arbitrary
subset of headers can be turned into separate PPH images).

So, it's not clear whether we will want to replace PCH with PPH.
Flexibility costs raw performance.  If the performance gap can be
bridged, we may want to consider it in the future.


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